Born in Graz/Austria, Manuel Hofer studied with Siegfried Führlinger at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Lars Anders Tomter and Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. He has been influenced by members of internationally-renowned ensembles such as the the Hagen Quartet, the Artis Quartet Vienna, the Amadeus Quartet, the Quartuor Mosaique, the Quartuor Ysaye or the Vienna String Sextet and has taken masterclasses with musicians such as György Kurtag, Kim Kashkashian or Eberhard Feltz.
Manuel Hofer won the Anton Bruckner Prize donated by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and is a prize winner of the International Johannes Brahms Competition. He won the viola category of the Austrian Music Award „Gradus ad Parnassum“ and was moreover awarded the Great Gradus ad Parnassum Soloist Prize for all categories.
His busy chamber music activities have lead to collaboration with ensembles such as the Armida Quartet, the Quartour Ardeo or the Trio Image. He has worked as guest principal of Camerata Bern, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Le Concert Olympique and has been appointed the Principal Viola Position of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist Manuel performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra Bolzano, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Camerata Athens.